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Airbus buys just over 50% of Bombardier CSeries division

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Buy now it's official, Airbus buys over 50% of the Series and is going to shift some assembly to Mobile, Alabama plant. Tough luck Boeing! (www.financialexpress.com) More...

Plane gets a bovine licking after emergency touchdown

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A herd of beef cattle at Te Horo, Kāpiti, surround a plane that touched down in their paddock on Sunday. A herd of beef cattle did what they do when a plane touches down in their paddock - they got licking. It was Sunday afternoon and Bryn Whyman was sitting at his Te Horo, Kāpiti, home looking out the window. "All of a sudden we saw a plane coming down onto the [paddock]," he said. (www.stuff.co.nz) More...

Complex Three-Engine Ferry For A380

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Air France plans to ferry a damaged A380 back to France from Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador on three engines but before it can do that it has to install a new engine that won't be running. The wrecked engine will be removed and sent to Wales for inspection by the manufacturer Engine Alliance. For balance and aerodynamic stability a new engine will be installed but because of the other damage it can’t be hooked up and made operable. (www.avweb.com) More...

Fake paperwork, poor parts challenge China's aerospace boom

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Chinese suppliers to U.S. flight control systems maker Moog sold it poorly made parts, faked paperwork and outsourced work to a factory not approved by the company, according to an internal report by U.S. aviation regulators. (www.reuters.com) More...

How the CSeries deal could end up changing the world's aerospace industry

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Strategically, the alliance between Airbus and Bombardier extends well beyond the noise of Boeing's spat with the Canadian planemaker. (business.financialpost.com) More...

Pilot boots New York activist from American Airlines flight

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New York activist Tamika Mallory says she was booted from an American Airlines flight in Miami after a pilot inserted himself into a dispute over her seat assignment. (www.msn.com) More...

Bombardier CSeries Will Avoid 300% Duties With US Assembly: Executives

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Bombardier and Airbus executives confirm that plans to open a CSeries final assembly line in the USA would enable the companies to avoid a potentially disastrous 300% tariff on imports of CS100s. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Touring Delta One, Premium Select and Coach on Delta’s First Airbus A350

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Typically when an airline takes delivery of an entirely new type of aircraft, it takes some time to get up to speed before the plane’s ready to welcome passengers. Case in point: Delta and the Airbus A350. Delta Air Lines’ first A350 was delivered back in July and flew to Atlanta in early August, but Tuesday afternoon was the first time “real passengers” were allowed on board. (thepointsguy.com) More...

Beijing Proudly Unveils Mega-Airport Due to Open in 2019

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s capital unveiled the “shining example” of its 80 billion yuan (£9.1 billion) new airport on Monday, tipped to become one of the world’s largest when it opens in October 2019 amid a massive infrastructure drive overseen by President Xi Jinping. (uk.reuters.com) More...

Airbus Envisions Harmonizing CSeries With A320

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Airbus will look to smooth the boundary between the Bombardier CSeries and its own single-aisle aircraft line in order to create a more harmonised range. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

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The Federal Aviation Administration it will check to see whether any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying pilot dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival over the weekend. The annual Yellville Turkey Trot in northern Arkansas has included a turkey drop for more than five decades , though sponsors in recent years have distanced themselves from the practice. Several birds were dropped Saturday and then chased by festival-goers below. (abcnews.go.com) More...

Boeing’s future plans threatened by Airbus-Bombardier pact

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Airbus’s surprise move to swallow Bombardier’s CSeries airplane program gives it a new small-jet family on the cheap, threatening the Renton-built 737 and potentially forcing Boeing to redraw its road map of new airplane development. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Chief Peter Bellew Quits to Rejoin Ryanair

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Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew is to step down from the airline after barely a year, having been recruited by budget carrier Ryanair to serve as chief operations officer. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

First A330neo becomes airborne for its maiden flight

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Airbus's first A330neo has lifted off from Toulouse on its maiden flight, commencing the airborne test programme for the re-engined twinjet. (www.airbus.com) More...

Delta Evaluating Airbus A320neo or Boeing 737 MAX Family Order

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Delta Air Lines is looking at both the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max for an upcoming narrowbody order. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing Ponders Restart of 767-300ER Passenger Line

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Boeing is nearing a decision whether to restart the 767-300ER passenger line, LNC has learned. (leehamnews.com) More...

Thomas Cook & Air Transat to exchange aircraft seasonally

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The deal calls for UK-based Thomas Cook to make available a number of narrowbody Airbus A321s every winter to Montreal-based Air Transat, which will receive at least one widebody A330-200 in return. (www.airguideonline.com) More...

OPINION: Is Airbus The Winner in Bombardier CSeries Trade Dispute?

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Whatever Bombardier’s goal was for launching the CSeries programme nearly a decade ago, it certainly was not to shepherd both the CS100 and CS300 into service before handing them over as relatively mature products, free, to Airbus. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Drunken co-pilot sentenced

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Sean Michael Fitzgerald, 36, will serve one year and one day in prison after a U.S. District Court jury in May found him guilty of operating a common carrier while under the influence of alcohol. (www.record-eagle.com) More...

Emirates sets date to take 100th A380

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Middle Eastern carrier Emirates will take its Airbus A380 fleet into triple figures next month when it takes delivery of its 100th aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

FAA sets requirement for quieter aircraft

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Beginning Jan. 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will require newly designed aircraft to be quieter which will help toward lowering noise around airports and surrounding communities. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

Malaysia to resume search for MH370

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The statement says that Ocean Infinity will look for the lost Boeing 777-200ER in yet unsearched area where it is believed the aircraft could be. Canberra will provide technical assistance for the effort. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

EasyJet Confirms Alitalia Bid

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UK LCC easyJet has confirmed that it has submitted an expression of interest in troubled Italian flag carrier Alitalia, as parallel talks to acquire part of airberlin continue. (atwonline.com) More...

Winners And Losers As Airbus Bails Out Bombardier's C-Series

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Richard Aboulafia: Let’s keep this simple: the winners and the losers in the new Airbus C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership deal. (www.forbes.com) More...

Crescent City Airport Board Chooses Contour

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In the aftermath of PenAir's bankruptcy and upcoming end to EAS service between CEC and PDX, it looks like a new airline will serve Crescent City with service to OAK. The Border Coast Regional Airport Authority rejected proposals submitted by Boutique Air and Great Lake Airlines and chose Contour Aviation (d/b/a Contour Airlines) and their ERJ-135. (www.triplicate.com) More...

Alitalia Administrators Receive Seven Binding Offers

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Administrators at Italian carrier Alitalia have confirmed they have received seven offers for the airline’s assets, following the expiration of the extended Oct. 16 bid deadline. (atwonline.com) More...

Brave passengers board last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th

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Fearless flyers will laugh in the face of superstition today when they board the last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. Travelling on the “unluckiest day of the year” could save you some pounds, but a journey straight to HEL on the 13th hour of the superstitious date is one flight most would probably like to avoid. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...

VIDEO: Mid-2018 Deliveries Targeted As Airbus A330neo Flies Its Maiden Flight

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Airbus on 19 October kicked off the A330neo's three-aircraft 1,400h flight-test programme which should lead to certification and first deliveries of the initial -900 variant in the middle of 2018. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Scaled Composites First Flight Model 401 [Video]

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Scaled Composites has successfully completed the first flight of its most recent project, experimental aircraft Model 401. (www.youtube.com) More...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Investigators Seek Details Over Missile-Launcher Photo

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Investigators pursuing a criminal case over the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine are seeking information about a new image of a mobile missile launcher. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Hawaiian Seeking Airbus A330-800neo Alternatives: CEO

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Hawaiian Airlines confirms it is considering acquiring other aircraft types instead of the six Airbus A330-800neos it currently has on order. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Embraer to Deliver First E190-E2 in April 2018

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Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has confirmed it will deliver its first E190-E2 to Norwegian regional airline Widerøe, the type’s launch customer, in April 2018. (atwonline.com) More...

China Southern to Take 38 Boeing Jets Including 777s

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China Southern Airlines has agreed to order eight Boeing 777-300ERs as well as 30 737 Max 8 jets. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

UK Defends Bombardier With Outright Rejection of Boeing Case

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Boeing's trade case against Bombardier over the CSeries has been categorically rejected as having no merit by the UK government, which has urged the US airframer to withdraw the complaint immediately. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

747 Used to fight fires

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Earlier this week, the 747 SuperTanker dropped fire retardant on the deadly flames north of San Francisco. The craft can hold up to about 20,000 gallons of water or retardant. The large, modified Boeing plane operated by Global SuperTanker Services made six flights on Monday in an attempt to quell the raging inferno. As of Wednesday, the massive fires had burned 160,000 acres. (www.yahoo.com) More...

Would United Airlines Really Acquire JetBlue?

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Ready for another round of airline mergers? Wall Street is. An influential airline analyst is stirring the pot with a note positing a combination of United Continental and JetBlue Airways, one of the upstart carriers that have reignited competition on some key routes. They're an unwelcome irritant to "legacy carriers" United, American and Delta, which went through a series of megamergers in order to snuff out profit-crushing fare wars that helped force all of them into bankruptcy… (www.chicagobusiness.com) More...

Airbus now fully owns SAE

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Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) Sdn Bhd, a maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) centre is now a fully owned subsidiary of Airbus, following the acquisition of its remaining shares by the French aircraft maker. (www.nst.com.my) More...

AirAsia X Could Swap 66-Jet Airbus A330neo Order to A350s

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AirAsia X Bhd., the long-haul arm of the region’s biggest budget carrier, is looking at swapping an order for 66 Airbus SE A330neo wide-body jets to larger A350s in a bid to boost capacity on its busiest routes. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Delta Will Not Pay Proposed Bombardier CSeries Tariffs

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Delta Air Lines chief executive Ed Bastian is confident that the carrier will take delivery of the 75 Bombardier CS100s it has on order without paying a proposed 300% tariff on the aircraft. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

PICTURES: Qantas Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787-9

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Qantas has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 at a ceremony held at Boeing’s delivery centre in Everett. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Etihad Trials Hand Luggage-Only Fares

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is to trial a lower-fare hand luggage-only product this winter on two routes, Abu Dhabi-Bahrain and Abu Dhabi-Kuwait, as part of a wider strategy review. (atwonline.com) More...